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Our sixth annual Writing Contests Issue offers advice from authors who judge literary competitions as well as the writers who win them; a look at shifting entry fees and prize amounts over the past decade of contests; interviews with poet Mark Doty, creative nonfiction writer Maggie Nelson, and Washington Post book critic Ron Charles; the anxiety surrounding prepublication praise; self-publishing tips; writing prompts; agent advice; and more. 

 

Ampersand Episode

Listen to a preview of the new issue of the magazine, interviews with Mark Doty and Elizabeth McCracken, a poetry reading by Matthew Rohrer, and a literary rendition of a Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson classic by Benjamin Percy.

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Miwa Messer’s Great New Writers

by Cat Richardson

News and Trends

Posted 4.15.15

May/June 2015

The director of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program talks about the process of searching for the “extraordinary storytelling” that makes a great new book.

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Reviewers & Critics: Ron Charles of the Washington Post

by Michael Taeckens

The Practical Writer

Posted 4.15.15

May/June 2015

Ron Charles of the Washington Post and the Totally Hip Video Book Review series gives his insights on the ethical and practical challenges of being a book critic for a major newspaper.

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Writing an Elegy for a Dead World

by Dana Isokawa

News and Trends

Posted 4.15.15

May/June 2015

Inspired by the works of Shelley, Keats, and Byron, a new video game challenges its players to get creative with writing-based gameplay.

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